HIV treatment works, and today, HIV is widely understood to be medically manageable.

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TODAY, WE ARE LIVING LONG, HEALTHY LIVES WITH HIV, AND HAVING THE SEX WE
WANT!

HIV TREATMENT HAS COME A LONG WAY.

FOR SOME GUYS, TREATMENT IS AS SIMPLE AS ONE PILL, TAKEN ONCE A DAY.

HIV TREATMENT USED TO COME WITH A LOT OF SIDE EFFECTS, BUT THE
MEDICATIONS HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED.

AFTER THE FIRST FEW WEEKS, MOST PEOPLE DO NOT EXPERIENCE SIDE EFFECTS.

IF YOU ARE DIAGNOSED WITH HIV, IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONNECT TO CARE AS
SOON AS POSSIBLE.

EARLY TREATMENT MINIMIZES THE EFFECTS OF HIV ON YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH,
AND WILL PUT YOU ON A PATH TOWARDS BECOMING “UNDETECTABLE”—WHICH
MEANS YOUR MEDICATIONS ARE WORKING, AND YOU CAN’T PASS ON THE VIRUS
TO SEXUAL PARTNERS!

THERE ARE HIGH-QUALITY HIV CARE CLINICS ACROSS ONTARIO THAT ARE SKILLED
AT TREATING HIV.

YOUR LOCAL HIV/AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATION CAN SUPPORT YOU WITH FINDING
A DOCTOR, GETTING CONNECTED TO TREATMENT, AND ADDRESSING OTHER
IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

SOMETIMES, GETTING ACCESS TO HIV TREATMENT IS AS EASY AS GOING TO THE
DOCTOR, GETTING A PRESCRIPTION, AND GOING TO THE PHARMACY.

BUT FOR SOME OF US, CONCERNS ABOUT COSTS, LACK OF INSURANCE COVERAGE,
AND STIGMA CAN MAKE IT MORE CHALLENGING.

BUT ONTARIO HAS SEVERAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO HELP WITH
THE COST OF HIV MEDICATIONS.

IN ONTARIO, HEALTH CARE IS CONFIDENTIAL UNDER THE PERSONAL HEALTH
INFORMATION ACT, AND DOCTORS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO MAINTAIN PATIENT
CONFIDENTIALITY.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR SUPPORT WORKER QUESTIONS
ABOUT THEIR PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY POLICIES.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR HIV TREATMENT AND CARE ARE
ULTIMATELY UP TO YOU.

SO IF YOU’RE UNHAPPY WITH HOW YOUR MEDICATIONS ARE MAKING YOU FEEL,
SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST.

YOU CAN ALSO TALK WITH A SUPPORT WORKER AT YOUR LOCAL HIV CARE CLINIC,
OR COMMUNITY-BASED HIV/AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATION.

IF YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE REMEMBERING TO TAKE YOUR MEDS EVERY DAY,
THERE ARE APPS THAT CAN HELP YOU.

TODAY, POZ GUYS ARE TAKING HIV TREATMENT, ENJOYING GREAT HEALTH, AND
HAVING THE SEX THEY WANT!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HIV TREATMENT, VISIT THESEXYOUWANT.CA.

While there is no known cure for HIV, lots of poz guys are taking treatment and enjoying good health. Getting connected to care as early as possible is the best way guys can look after themselves in the long run.

There are many treatment options for people living with HIV, and a doctor will help figure out the best course of action.

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